The Gabba To Undergo Makeover in Time for First 2021 Ashes Test Hosting

The Gabba will undergo a major upgrade, thanks to the infusion of $35 million worth of funding by the State Government, in time for its hosting of the First Test of the 2021-22 Ashes cricket series against England.

“The Palaszczuk Government knows that sport is a language spoken by all Queenslanders,” Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said during his announcement of the State Government’s 2019-20 budget for sports and recreation.

“Which is why this funding will support sports players from local volunteer-run community clubs, to our elite world-renowned venues.

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“We are investing $40 million in at least 150 community infrastructure projects across the state, as well as $12 million to unlock school sporting facilities for community use.

“The Gabba will also receive $35 million to refurbish public, corporate and media facilities while we ensure our next T20 2020 World Cup players, Olympians and Paralympians are brought up and supported with $44.5 million for sporting excellence.

“All up, this $506.4 million three-year commitment is part of our $1.3 billion 10-year plan to shape the future of sport and recreation in Queensland,” said Mr de Brenni.

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First Ashes Test 2021-22 at the Gabba

Cricket Australia through its CEO Kevin Roberts recently confirmed that the Gabba will host the first Test of the 2021-22 Ashes series.

“Nothing excites Australian cricket fans like an Ashes series on home soil and the upgrades to the Gabba will ensure that in hosting the first test of the Ashes series in 2021-22, fans in Queensland will get the first opportunity to enjoy world-class cricket while experiencing the upgraded facilities,” Mr Roberts said.

The announcement means that Australia will continue its unbeaten test run at the Gabba. Australia’s current record at the Gabba is at 30 Tests, unbeaten since 1988, which is the longest active streak in world cricket.

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Enhanced Experience at the Gabba

“Whether fans turned up to The Gabba to cheer on the Australian test team or the Heat, or in their Lions jersey, this upgrade will enhance every second of the action,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Entry through turn-styles will be quicker and easier, and with upgraded TVs throughout the stadium you won’t miss a second of the action when you visit the new bars and food outlets.

“With these upgrades, and Australia’s unbeaten record here at The Gabba I’m sure the Ashes Test will be an unforgettable one for fans,”  Mr de Brenni added.